Reporter reveals failure of Leeds club record bid for Adama Traore as striker deal nears

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Leeds United have reportedly seen a summer offer for Adama Traore rejected by Wolves in what would have proved a club-record transfer for Los Blancos.

The Whites have been decimated by injury issues and Covid absences this season. Their strength in depth has reached a breaking point in recent weeks, with Marcelo Bielsa often being forced to play multiple stars out of position at the same time.

And while Bielsa says Pascal Struijk, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo should all be available at West Ham, they still need new additions this month.

To this end, they would be moving forward with a plan to buy a versatile Turinese, who can play a variety of roles.

Leeds, however, are also looking to strengthen their midfield and strike force. Kalvin Phillips’ injury has been badly felt and his return is not expected until early March – still six weeks away.

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As for their attack, they are also reportedly looking for a deal for Lazio’s Vedat Muriqi.

However, one area they are blessed with is on the wings. Indeed, Bielsa can call on star man Raphina, as well as Jack Harrison and Daniel James. Another option on the bench is Dutch youngster Crysencio Summerville.

James eventually signed for Leeds over the summer in a deal worth £25.2m. It marked the end of a long chase from Bielsa, who came close to signing him in January 2019.

Leeds moved for James once Manchester United brought in Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. However, it has now emerged that they also saw a huge offer for Traore rejected earlier this summer.

Adama Traore snubbed Leeds approach

Traore is a player well known to Leeds director of football Victor Orta. Indeed, it was he who brought the Spanish star to Middlesbrough from Aston Villa.

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And he would remain an interesting player for Orta.

However, a move to Tottenham now looks likely for Traore. Indeed, our exclusive has revealed the four players Spurs are offering Wolves as part of the deal.

Everything could have been so different for Traore if Leeds’ offer had been accepted.

Journalist Duncan Castles picks up the trail on the Transfer Window Podcast.

“Leeds United tried to sign him last summer for a cash fee of over £30m. But Adama Traore was not interested in moving to Leeds. I wouldn’t talk to them, so that deal didn’t happen last summer,” Castles explained.

Leeds and Vedat Muriqi ties are accelerating

Leeds, however, will apparently have more joy in their pursuit of Muriqi.

On the side of Bielsa opened talks on a deal for the 27-year-old. Leeds want an initial loan deal with an option to buy worth £8.6million.

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Now, according to Corriere della Sera, Leeds are going ahead with the move. And there is growing optimism that a deal will soon be reached.

The Kosovo striker has struggled since signing for Lazio, scoring just two goals in 48 appearances. He’s way down their pecking order and the Serie A side are very open to his departure.

The striker’s decision has been questioned by several Leeds fans who are alarmed at his form in Serie A.

However, by signing him with an ‘option to buy’, Leeds at least won’t be putting themselves in a sticky spot if the move doesn’t pay dividends.

Muriqi also has a solid record at international level for Kosovo, where he has 18 goals in 37 appearances for his country.

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